I was recently sitting down at my desk, watching the new season of Pretty Little Liars, and decided I wanted to focus more on my writing this summer. So, I researched and thought of some writing goals I wanted to achieve by the end of the summer, and I wanted to share them with any of you who want to work on their writing as well!
- Set Daily Goals for Yourself – You can’t get anywhere with writing if you don’t set writing goals for yourself. I personally try to write 1,200 words a day, and sometimes more. Choose whatever you do but whether that is 200 or 3,000 words just determine how much you are going to write each day.
- Set a Longish and Long-Term Goal – Apart from a daily writing goal, you should also form a longish and long term goal for yourself. For example, I set a 100,000 word goal for myself to achieve by September 5 (which is when I start school). Currently I am at 12,000 words and since Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, I plan on completing 50,000 by the end July, which are my longish and long term goals!
- Submit Your Work to Literary Magazines or Contests – This is a really beneficial goal/tip for getting your writing out there. Write up some short stories that you poured your heart and soul into, and really define you as a writer, and submit them to literary magazines or contests. If you get published or selected, some pay you but even if you don’t, it is still good to get your name and writing out there.
- Work on Different Aspects on Your Writing – All writers have things to work on, no matter how published or good they are. For example, I think I could work on making my characters more 3D and real, which is something I have already been working on. I have created Pinterest boards with pictures that define my characters and I definitely feel like it is helping! If you think you need to work on writing clear, fluid plots, characters, or voice, there are craft books or courses that can hep you. You can also write stories focusing on the aspect you need to work on, and it will help.
- Create Your Writing Social Media – It is essential for writers to create blogs, Instagrams, Twitters, etc, that share their writing or just their name. I have recently created a “My Writing” page on my blog, that has a link to an anthology that features my writing in it, because then if people are interested, they can read it. This can lead to making other writer friends, or getting some beneficial feedback. It is also a fun project to work on in my opinion, and is something I enjoyed doing!
Those are a few writing goals that I am setting for myself, and you should to so I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: June 2017 Wrap Up!